Fabulous People: Ernie Alvarado

Ernie Alvarado is the executive chef at URBANA Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology, a vibrant eatery with locations in Del Mar and Anaheim. “URBANA Mexican Gastronomy is a nod to delicious street food from central Mexico. We have an electric menu from red snapper ceviche to gourmet tacos made with house tortillas.” Learn about Ernie Alvarado…

Follow at: @Chef_Ernie; @UrbanaAnaheim@UrbanaDelMar

Hometown: Jalisco, Mexico and Anaheim, CA

First job: My first job was in the agave fields in Jalisco, Mexico.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: I love looking for new trails in national parks. I regularly visit Joshua Tree, but my favorite is Zion National Park in Utah.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: Receiving numerous awards and being on several TV shows. 

The biggest obstacle you overcame: I always wanted to have control over everything in the kitchen and do everything myself. I overcame this by delegating tasks to my team. 

Someone who inspires you and why: Anthony Bourdain is an inspiration. He is not only a great chef but an adventurous person who loves to have a good time.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Always be hungry to learn and be better. There’s always something new to learn.

Favorite quote: “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.” —Anthony Bourdain

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: Before becoming a chef, I wanted to be a professional soccer player.

What makes someone fabulous: Having a great attitude and sense of humor!

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